The election would not take place in 38 polling places in Imo State on November 11 for the governorship, the Independent National Electoral Commission announced on Wednesday.
At a news conference in Owerri, Sylvia Agu, the state’s INEC resident electoral commissioner, revealed that there was not a single voter registered in any of the 38 polling places.
Prior to the election, the REC revealed that 2,318,919 people had obtained their PVCs, while 101,003 persons still needed to do so.
She said, “The number of collected PVCs is 2,318,919, while uncollected PVCs stand at 101,003. The polling units where elections won’t take place are 38. These are places with zero registration numbers. Election will be held in 4,720 polling units. The total number of polling units is 4,758.
“Our workforce for the election revolves around 21,000 staff. We are ready for this election. It is an off-cycle election, the very first one in the history of Imo State and we are very prepared for it.
“Election will start at 8.30 am and stop at 2.30 pm. We will collate results electronically.”
She claimed that of the 13 programmes the commission had planned for the election, INEC had flawlessly carried out 11, leaving only two on its list: November 9, which is the last day for political parties and their candidates to run for office, and November 11, which is the actual election.